EU jury still out on deca flame retardant

Environmental risk assessment gives all-clear, investigation into human health impacts reopens

The regulatory fate of flame retardant deca-BDE in Europe still looks uncertain despite industry claims that an EU risk assessment has given the substance a clean bill of health.

Last week a meeting of member state technical experts provisionally closed the environmental risk portion of the assessment, saying there was no need for EU controls on "deca" beyond those already in place. The verdict followed the completion of an additional testing programme organised by industry to address lingering uncertainty in an earlier draft risk report (EED 24/09/02).

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